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Illumination Night in Sigourney Square Park

Working with the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association and the Friends of Sigourney Square Park, we staged a modern version of "Illumination Night," a late 19th century tradition in Sigourney Square Park that involved paper lanterns strung about the park and on surrounding houses.  Back then, they got to use candles in their lanterns, while we made do with little florescent flashlights.

We estimate that around 125 people attended the event.  For this being the first time the event was held in over a century, it went well, but we learned a few things.  First, it wouldn't have been nearly as bright in the park 100 years ago -- they didn't have streetlights, and really we should have factored that in!  And second, many of the attendees walked away with lanterns as souvenirs, which we hadn't anticipated.  We are glad they liked them so much -- but we had been thinking that we would re-use them.

With lessons learned, we'll hope to bring this event back in a subsequent year.  Until then, we had a good time watching great performances by Sankofa Kuumba and listening to great music performed by Ron Pitz & Friends.

Funding for the musical performances for this event was generously provided by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund.

Posted on 9/19/2014 by NINA